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The research team at Imperial College London produced an updated SLR of the evidence on food, nutrition and physical activity in relation to the prevention of colorectal cancer in 2010.
The review added 263 papers and updated meta-analyses for wholegrains, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy foods, alcohol, dietary fibre, glycaemic index, folate, vitamin D, haem iron, calcium, physical activity, body mass index, abdominal fatness and adult attained height.
The Expert Panel considered the updated evidence and agreed that the updated CUP findings confirmed or strengthened the convincing and probable conclusions of the Second Expert Report for colorectal cancer. The Panel agreed that the evidence for a protective effect from foods containing dietary fibre had strengthened could be upgraded to convincing. Conclusions for other factors previously judged to be convincing or probable were confirmed.
The Colorectal Cancer 2011 Report updates the colorectal cancer section of the Second Expert Report (section 7.9) and is based on the findings of the 2010 SLR and the Expert Panel discussion.
The updated SLR and report, as well as the protocol can be downloaded from our resource downloads section.
Conclusions from the updated evidence for colorectal cancer
The Panel's judgements for factors graded convincing and probable are shown below. Further details on other factors can be found in the Colorectal Cancer 2011 Report. Information on how the Panel judged the evidence can be found in Appendix 1 of the report, and further details in chapter 3 of the Second Expert Report.
Eight journal papers based on evidence presented in the 2010 SLR and more recent analyses have been published.